Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Current Exhibits

Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community

This exhibit celebrates the lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community, and evokes memories of shared experiences - from early settlement through the unique challenges of World War II and into the 21st century. Please join us at the Legacy Center for a unique and educational glimpse of Japanese American life in Oregon.
 

Nisei Trilogy

Nisei Trilogy is a three print suite dedicated to the "Nisei," second generation Japanese Americans. Despite being Americans by birthright, the Nisei were denied their constitutional rights and placed in concentration camps for the duration of World War II.

Nisei Trilogy

The images were created by artist Roger Shimomura. The text was provided by Larry Matsuda. Both artist and poet were incarcerated in Camp Minidoka, Idaho, during the war and were later raised and educated in Seattle.

 

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Collections Up Close | 2018

Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year.
 

Baseball and Bowling: Sports Memorabilia from Minidoka and Post-WWII Portland
February 25 – April 8, 2018

Arts and Crafts Made in the Japanese American Incarceration Camps
April 12 – June 10, 2018

A Soldier’s Story: The Photo Album of Yukimori Okimoto Who Served during WWII with the 522nd Field Artillery, Liberators of the Subcamps of Dachau
June 14 – August 5, 2018

Oregon Nikkei Endowment presents artifacts belonging to Yukimori Harold Okimoto, a sergeant in the Japanese American 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd. In 2017 Okimoto's daughter, Debra Whitecotton, donated this collection to Oregon Nikkei Endowment in honor of her father. The highlight of the collection is an album kept by Okimoto of photos taken while he was stationed in Europe during World War II. This display is a rare opportunity to see snapshots of Nisei soldiers in camp and traveling around war-torn Europe.

The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion was comprised of Japanese Americans, many of whom had family members living in incarceration camps back in the States. One of the fastest and most efficient artillery units in Europe, the 522nd played a major role in liberating the Nazi sub camps of Dachau.

Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland’s Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951
August 10 – November 4, 2018

 


Museum hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 3 pm, Sundays noon to 3 pm. Admission is $5 ($3 for seniors/students, free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment).

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 Directions

Phone: 503-224-1458
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PCC Student Photos

PCC Student PhotoWe have posted on our Flickr page photos by Portland Community College photography students. Inspired by work of Motoya Nakamura and his recent Sakura Sakura exhibition, these photographs are also currently on display in the windows of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.

During the month of May, the students took dozens of pictures of our Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, which was once the heart of Portland's historic Japantown. They were guided through these streets around the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center by their class instructor Motoya Nakamura.

Joining the students were members of the Portland Photographic Society. They later juried the students' work and selected their very best photos which we are now able to share with you!

Which photographs do YOU like the most? Please share in the comments on Flickr!

 


Online Exhibits

Tour our permanent exhibit
Reflections of an American Community

 

Japantown PDX
Japantown PDXiPhone Walking Tour of Historic Old Town
Free

Explore Portland's historic Japantown with this walking tour of the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. The city's vibrant pre-WWII Japanese American community is archived in over 125 photographs and audio clips. Watch historic Japantown street life reappear in "then and now" photographic dissolves.

Japantown PDX documents the vitality of this once-thriving Nihonmachi as well as its sudden disappearance in the spring of 1942 when all people of Japanese ancestry were removed from the West Coast. In addition to telling Portland's Japantown story, this app explores the remarkably diverse Old Town neighborhood in tour stops that honor its African American, Chinese and LGBT roots. Open the iPhone App Store and search for "Japantown" or visit the Apple iTunes store for more information.
 

Discover Nikkei
Oregon Nikkei Endowment is partnering with Discover Nikkei, one of the world's largest sources for Nikkei-related databases, history and culture, to create online collections of photographs and history relating to Oregon's Japanese American history.

Nihonmachi: Portland's Japantown

Nihonmachi

Nikkei Farmers of the Hood River Area

Nikkei Farmers

Taken: Oregonians Arrested after Pearl Harbor

Taken: FBI

Oregon Nikkei History

Portland Assemby Center

 

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Collections Up Close — A Soldier's Story: The Photo Album of Yukimori Okimoto Who Served during WWII with the 522nd Field Artillery, Liberators of the Subcamps of Dachau
June 14 – August 5, 2018

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